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12 Quick And Safe Ways To Get Rid Of A Stye

12 Quick And Safe Ways To Get Rid Of A Stye

Styes are irritating and painful and every person suffering from one of these red bumps on the eyelid quickly searches for a treatment to take it away safely and fast. It is important that any treatment you try is safe, as styes are so close to the eye. Avoid anything that doesn’t seem safe, no matter how effective it sounds. Your eyesight is worth a thousand styes. These bumps are usually caused either by stress or when an oil gland becomes clogged with excess oil, dirt and/or bacteria. With this in mind, the first thing to do is keep your face clean and do not apply makeup until the stye is gone. You may even want to replace your eye makeup in case any forms of bacteria are lingering on the brushes. Here are 12 safe and effective ways to get rid of a stye that you can try at home. (Remember, even though these are safe to try, always avoid direct contact with the eye.)

1. Tea Bags

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    Soaking a washcloth in warm water and applying it over the eyes has been the most often repeated remedy for a stye, but why not add the antioxidants of tea to make it more effective? You can use green tea or black tea for this treatment and since everyone has tea at home, you will not have to go out to buy any ingredients.

    1. Boil water and let it cool until you can handle it on your skin
    2. Dip your teabag of choice into the water and apply to the affected eyelid
    3. Hold the teabag against the eyelid firmly for 10 minutes
    4. Repeat 5 times per day

    2. Coconut Oil

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      Although coconut oil has turned into a beauty and health trend, and everyone has heard about it too much over the past couple of years, it is still an effective treatment for skin issues such as styes. This oil is antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It will help to heal your stye and also reduce the pain.

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      1. Put a half cup of coconut oil into a clean container (this is to keep it separate from the rest of the oil – if you use it for cooking, you certainly don’t want to mix it with anything you apply to your stye)
      2. Wash your hands and face (including the stye) and once everything is dry, apply a small amount of oil to the stye
      3. Let it sit and sink in – do not wash it off
      4. Repeat as many times as you can, but give the oil time to sink into the skin between repetitions

      3. Chamomile Leaves

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        If you have loose leaf chamomile tea at home, you can try this remedy. If you want to try the chamomile leaves but don’t have any and don’t feel comfortable going out with a stye, you can use a regular chamomile tea bag instead.

        1. Mix 1 teaspoon of chamomile leaves in a cup of hot water (herbal tea should not be added to boiling water)
        2. Let it sit for 15 minutes and strain
        3. Take a clean washcloth and dip a corner into the tea water
        4. Apply to the stye area until the cloth is dry
        5. Repeat, using a different area of the cloth as many times as you like
        6. Do not re-use any part of the cloth that has touched the stye

        4. Turmeric

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          This spice does not only add color and flavor to recipes, but it also takes away inflammation to skin problems such as styes. Turmeric has been used as a healing spice for many years, and it is a very effective and safe way to get rid of a stye. If your stye is too close to your eye to use the paste comfortably, you can make a tea out of the powder instead.

          1. Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric with enough water, coconut oil or castor oil to make a paste
          2. Wash your hands, clean the stye with warm water and wash hands again
          3. Apply the paste to the stye area and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water
          4. Repeat up to 4 times per day
          5. Or mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric into 1 cup of hot water and make sure it is cool enough to touch on skin
          6. Dip the corner of a clean washcloth into the mixture and apply to the stye area until it is dry
          7. Repeat, using a clean area of the cloth up to 5 times per day

          5. Apple Cider Vinegar

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            If you want to try this stye treatment, any apple cider vinagar will do, but the best choice is Bragg’s, organic apple cider vinegar. ACV is known for being antibacterial and antiseptic, which will help your stye to heal faster.

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            1. Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts filtered or cooled, boiled water
            2. Put in fridge to cool for 3 hours
            3. Apply to the stye area using a clean cloth or makeup pad
            4. Hold on the stye until the cloth or pad is dry
            5. Repeat up to 5 times per day

            6. Tea Tree Oil

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              Tea tree oil is a very powerful essential oil that has helped many people to eliminate all kinds of skin and fungal issues. This oil will also get rid of a stye, and it can be used on its own or as an addition to any other treatment on this list. If you don’t have tea tree oil at home, this one is worth going out for, even with a stye.

              1. Mix 1 teaspoon of 100% natural and pure tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of filtered or cooled, boiled water
              2. Place in fridge to cool for 2 to 3 hours
              3. Using a clean cloth or makeup pad, apply to the stye area and let it sink into the skin
              4. Repeat 3 times per day
              5. If you want to try other remedies on this list along with tea tree oil, just add a few drops of the oil to any other solution

              7. Coriander Seeds

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                Using this spice properly will help to reduce swelling and help your stye to heal faster. It is recommended that you use this treatment along with at least one other on this list, such as a warm compress or tea bags.

                1. Add 1 tablepoon of coriander seeds to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil
                2. Take off the heat and let the seeds soak for an additional 30 minutes
                3. Strain and let the water cool
                4. Apply to the stye area with a clean cloth up to 3 times per day

                8. Salt

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                  Salt has healing properties that will help your stye to go away faster. It will also reduce any pus that has gathered in the stye, which will cause the swelling to go down. You can use any type of salt, but Himalayan or sea salt are the best choices.

                  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground salt into 1 cup of filtered water and stir well
                  2. Dip a clean cloth into the water and gently apply to the stye
                  3. Repeat every couple of hours

                  9. Aloe Vera

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                    The aloe vera plant has many healing properties and is used to help sunburns, heal cuts and wounds and is also an effective treatment for styes. This plant is antibacterial and will reduce swelling and redness brought on by a stye. It is best to take the gel straight from an aloe plant, but if you only have access to bottled gel, you can use that as well.

                    1. Squeeze the gel out of an aloe leaf into a clean container
                    2. Apply a small amount of the gel directly to the stye
                    3. Let it sit and sink into the skin
                    4. Repeat up to 4 times per day

                    10. Homemade Antibacterial Cream

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                      There are many natural ingredients that are full of antibactierial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Some of these are mentioned individually here, but you can also combine a few of them together to make a powerful, antibacterial cream for your face. you can apply this both as a preventative measure and as a treatment for styes.

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                      1. In a bowl, combine a half cup of coconut oil and a half cup of either olive oil or jojoba oil
                      2. Add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil and an optional 5 drops of lavendar oil for added benefits
                      3. Mix together, then add a binding agent such as arrowroot powder or beeswax until the mixture forms a cream-like texture
                      4. To use it as a preventative measure, apply this to the face a couple of times a week
                      5. To treat a stye, apply it to the affected area 3 times per day and let it sink into the skin

                      11. Oil of Oregeno

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                        Depending on the cause of the stye, it may keep coming back, even long after it goes away. Some people have experienced recurring styes for years. The reason for this is usually an infection that needs antibiotics to go away. If you are looking for a natural antibiotic, studies have shown oil of oregano to be as powerful and in some cases, even more powerful than medical antibiotics. This oil will not kill off good bacteria like the other antibiotics do, and it is safe to take.

                        1. Adults, put 3 drops of oil of orgeno under the tongue and hold it there as long as you can (up to 5 minutes) before swallowing
                        2. Repeat 3 times per day until the stye is gone
                        3. Alternatively, you can add 3 drops into a tablespoon of water and swallow

                        12. Warm Compress

                        stye compress

                          As mentioned before, warm compresses are the most widely used treatment for styes. It is the safest and easiest way to get rid of a stye, so if you don’t have the time or the energy to put together the other remedies, you an try this one. The warm water will help to reduce the swelling and your stye should heal in 4 days at most.

                          1. Heat filtered water by a stove or a kettle until it is warm
                          2. Soak a clean washcloth in the water and wring out excess water
                          3. Put the cloth over your eyes and relax for a few minutes
                          4. Repeat as many times as you like

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                          8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                          8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                          Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

                          “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

                          While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

                          Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

                          1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

                          The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

                          Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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                          The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

                          2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

                          According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

                          Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

                          Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

                          3. You could suffer from excess weight

                          When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

                          Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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                          If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

                          Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

                          4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

                          Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

                          The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

                          5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

                          I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

                          Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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                          A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

                          6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

                          Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

                          When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

                          Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

                          At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

                          7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

                          Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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                          Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

                          8. You could end up eating more processed food

                          Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

                          Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

                          That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

                          The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

                          On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

                           

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